Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the 2020 murder of George Floyd, was stabbed in an Arizona federal prison, according to reports from The Associated Press and The New York Times. A source familiar with the situation informed CNN that the incident occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, where Chauvin was in stable condition following the attack.
The Bureau of Prisons confirmed that an individual was assaulted at the Tucson prison around 12:30 p.m. Friday. This individual, identified by two sources as Chauvin, received immediate life-saving measures from responding employees and was subsequently transferred to a hospital for treatment.
The bureau also reported that no employees were harmed during the incident.
Response from the Attorney General
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office was responsible for prosecuting Chauvin in the George Floyd case, expressed his sentiments upon learning of the attack.
"I am sad to hear that Derek Chauvin was the target of violence," Ellison stated. He emphasized the importance of incarcerated individuals being able to serve their sentences without the fear of retaliation or violence, recognizing that Chauvin, despite his crimes, deserves the same protections.
Chauvin is currently serving two concurrent sentences in relation to Floyd's murder. In April 2021, he was convicted on state charges, including second-degree unintentional murder, and was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.
Later, he pleaded guilty to federal charges of depriving Floyd of his civil rights, resulting in an additional 21-year sentence.
The Legacy of George Floyd's Death
The incident involving Chauvin is a stark reminder of the ongoing tensions surrounding the case.
Chauvin, a white officer, was found guilty of kneeling on Floyd's neck for over 9 minutes during an arrest, leading to Floyd's death. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill. His death sparked widespread protests and a global movement against racial injustice, particularly highlighting the treatment of Black Americans by the police in the United States.
A subsequent investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights revealed systemic race discrimination in Minneapolis and its police department. This latest development in Chauvin's incarceration reflects the deep-seated issues and emotions still present in the aftermath of Floyd's death, underscoring the broader challenges of addressing racial discrimination and reforming policing practices in America.